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Making up excuses: Shaheen, Hassan oppose Kavanaugh

EDITORIAL
September 11. 2018 10:32PM


United States senators are under no obligation to give their consent to a President’s nominees.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan can vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court for any reason, or no reason at all. They need not make up such ridiculous excuses.

Kavanaugh demonstrated his keen legal mind during a week of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, while many senators did not. He is certainly well-qualified for the post.

But Shaheen and Hassan are voting against him anyway.

Shaheen alleges that Kavanaugh and Senate Republicans are “deliberately concealing his record from the American people.” This is simply false. Kavanaugh has served on the D.C. Circuit Court for 12 years, building up an impressive public record.

Hassan claims that Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy “diminishes the rights of individuals, particularly women and people of color.” This is simply a smear.

If Democrats want to oppose President Donald Trump’s nominations because they dislike the President, because they don’t want conservative jurists on the bench, or out of spite because Merrick Garland was not confirmed, they may.

They should not make up baseless attacks on Brett Kavanaugh as excuses for their partisan pettiness.


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